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>>> glad you could join us on this edition of "newsline." it's friday september 24th, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> japanese prime minister naoto kan and u.s. president barack obama held talks in new york on thursday. this was their second meeting since kan assumed office in june and was aimed at deepening the japan-u.s. alliance. kan was expected to explain his plan to steadily move forward with the relocation of the u.s. futenma air station in okinawa based on the bilateral agreement reached in may. he is also likely to have asked obama to help reduce the burden on the people of okinawa. the two leaders are also expected to have agreed to advance bilateral cooperation in wide-ranging areas, including the economy, security and development assistance. this year marks the 50th anniversary of the revision of the japan-u.s. security treaty. the two leaders are also likely to have exchanged views on the global economic situation. kan is believed to have explained to obama about the recent intervention by the japanese government in foreign exchange markets to st
>>> this is "newsline." welcome. glad you could join us. it is wednesday, september 8th, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. the latest u.s. media poll shows that the public approval rate for u.s. president barack obama has fallen below 50% for the first time since he took office. in a joint poll by abc news and "the washington post" last week, obama's public approval rating stood at 46%. this is down more than 20 percentage points from february, 2009, shortly after obama became president. on the economy nearly 70% said he is making it worse or having no real effect. nearly 60% said they disapproved of his handling of the federal budget deficit. when asked about the mid term legislative elections in november, respondents gave republican candidates a more than ten-point lead over the democrats. >>> an alleged car bombing has left 16 people dead and more than 50 wounded in northwestern pakistan. the attack targeted police residences. the blast went off in the town of kohot tuesday night and destroyed more than ten buildings. officials say the victims include six police officers and their family m
officials acknowledged her involvement, but a number of them denied this. and joining us in the studio with some insight on this story is our reporter. so, the court sharply criticized the prosecutors for the way they did their investigations of this case. presumption of guilt, how did they proceed? >> actually it looked as if the prosecutor themselves were judging in court. here is the gist of the prosecutor's argument. a man who headed a fictitious organization wanted a welfare ministry certificate that woul identify it as a group that represented the disabled. the kind of certificate allowed such organization to send mail at discount rates. and the men asked a lawmaker to help him obtain the certificate. the lawmaker asked her at the time to issue it. the support year instructed muraki to issue the certificate. she made a subordinate produce it. the prosecutors based the case chiefly on the statement made during the course of the investigation. it's that muraki told him to issue a certificate because a lawmaker asked them to do it. but he went back on his statement in court. finally
, thank you for joining us today. now in recent years, many governor in japan had been elected promising reform. what's the background to this? >> in the 1970s, many reform-minded local leaders, socialists or communist governizer mayors formed the conceptive councils. but the background of recent conflict is different. first, scarcity of resources. many local governments are suffering serious financial difficulties and scrapping or streamlining management is a pressing issue. the second, transparency. the use for taxes became more apparent. people began to pay closer attention to the privileges enjoyed by the local government staff or counselors and their relatively high pay. in places where reformist governors and mayors are trying to fight these invested interests, conflicted counselors will be more intense. >> so people becoming more aware of the problems their local governments are facing and they want their elected leaders to do something about them. but if you look at one case, the mayor seems to be in support of it. what do you make of this? >> i think his management style is extr
of this story. >>> over to the world of business. ines joins us now. >> the yen's appreciation against the dollar continues on the tokyo foreign exchange. the yen dipped tuesday morning. the greenback is changing hands at 83.46-47, while the euro is at 107.40. the dollar yet 43 yen earlier. that came as momentum carried over from earlier markets. many staying on the sidelines as japan's ruling democratic lawmakers prepare to vote for a new party leader later in the day. the result of the vote may accelerate the yen's rise. tokyo stocks moved within a narrow range on tuesday morning as investors waited to see whether the yen strengthens any further. the nikkei end the session at 9,300 on the dot, down 21 ticks. the broader base closing down 21 ticks. investors are shying away from active trading as they wait for results from the democratic election. here's a look at the long-term interesthe ten-year japanese government bond. the hang seng is up 0.3%. the shanghai up 0.6%. and the sse composite up 0.4%. >>> the euro zone's economy is predicted to grow at a rate of 1.7% this year, revise
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